How to Install GenyMotion (Android Emulator) on Linux

GenyMotion is a Android emulator which comes with per-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images, suitable for application testing.

If you want to run any mobile apps such as WhatsApp in your system you should install the android emulator. Genymotion is the one of best Android Emulator compared to others because genymotion have more and more features.

We have already wrote about Android SDK installation and Whatsapp installation in our previous articles. Now, I’m going to explain how to install genymotion (Android Emulator) in Linux.

How to Install Android Emulator (SDK) on Linux

How to Install WhatsApp on Linux

genymotion Features

  • Resizable windows
  • Screenshots
  • CPU virtualization
  • support latest version of android
  • Custom devices
  • Command line tool
  • Java API
  • Customizable IMEI, MEID, Android ID
  • App installation via drag and drop
  • OpenGL acceleration
  • 20 pre-configured devices

1) Prerequisites for genymotion

Make sure, your system have virtualbox installed before proceeding to genymotion installation because virtualbox is mandatory to run genymotion.

How to Install Virtualbox on Linux

How to Install Virtualbox on ArchLinux/Manjaro

2) Download genymotion

There is no direct download link for genymotion. You need to signup into genymotion then download the file. Currently they are offering image for Ubuntu & Debian but it will work for all the distributions. I have tested with Ubuntu, Fedora & openSUSE.

3) genymotion installation

We already knows, for thirdparty software installation should go to /opt directory. So, first will move the download file from /home/username/download to /opt directory then start installation by following the below steps.

[Move the downloaded file to /opt directory]
# mv genymotion-2.3.1_x64.bin /opt

[Set executable permission]
# chmod +x genymotion-2.3.1_x64.bin

[Install genymotion by running the file]
# ./genymotion-2.3.1_x64.bin

[Navigate into genymotion directory]
# cd genymotion

[launch the genymotion]
# ./genymotion


Vinoth Kumar

Vinoth Kumar has 3.5+ years of experience in Linux server administration & RHEL certified professional. He is currently working as a Senior L2 Linux Server administrator.

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